GRAMMYs 2016 Roundup: The Results Are In
Tue, 16 Feb 2016 15:39:04
Along with doling out award after award for way too many categories, the GRAMMYs traditionally provide some solid entertainment in the form of star-studded live performances. The 58th Annual Awards last night at L.A.'s Staples Center proved no exception.
Highlights included Song of the Year, awarded this round to Ed Sheeran for his "Thinking Out Loud." Record of the Year went to Mark Ronson for "Uptown Funk" [ft. Bruno Mars]. And Best New Artist went to Meghan Trainor.
Taylor Swift also loomed large during the event, as her 1989 raked in Album of the Year. Swift cordially accepted her award, noting her historic victory as the first woman to win the award twice. The album synthesizes the retrofuturist soft rock sound of today with extra spoonfuls of sugar, an abundance of self-confidence, and most importantly, beats that pop. It was a shoe-in.
Elsewhere, Lady Gaga paid tribute to David Bowie with an eye-catching and tightly executed medley that took on many of the late artist's most recognizable hits. The Gaga-Bowie pairing was spot-on, but the inborn corniness of the medley as an art form was a sufficient hurdle to the performance.
Speaking of hurdles, Adele's performance of "All I Ask" was muddled by mic related malfunctions. Adele fought it out because the show must go on, and all in all the technical issues were not lethal.
Of the 11 awards for which he was nominated, Kendrick Lamar took home five. If you haven't listened to To Pimp a Butterfly lately, Kendrick Lamar's performance last night is a great reminder why you should. The rapper's performance outshined Gaga's as the high of the night, with politically charged songs like "The Blacker the Berry" and "Alright" given their proper due, bolstered by set props that featured Lamar in chains. The performance culminated in pyrotechnics, the perfect backdrop to unleash a new untitled scorcher. Lamar cleaned up all the Rap categories including Best Rap Album.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff
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